List of Presidents of India: The President of India is the head of the country and is considered the First Citizen of India. Since, the Independence of India, there have been 15 Presidents in India (as of August 2022). Presidents of India are elected by the electoral college constituted of elected members of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Sabha. The Newly Appointed President of India is Shrimati Draupadi Murmu as she took her Presidential Oath on 25th July 2022 in front of the Chief Justice of India. Check out the following article to find the List of Presidents of India and various other relevant and important information about the President of India.
Who is the President?
The President of India is the head of the country. The President of India is considered to be the First Citizen of India. Referring to the Article 60 of the Constitution, the President’s duty is to uphold, defend, and preserve the Constitution of India and the Law. Another primary duty of the President of India is to appoint the Chief Justice of India and other Supreme Court Judges on the advice of the Chief Justice of India. His/Her decision is made and acted upon on the advice of the Council of Ministers.
Eligibility for Appointment of President
The candidates who are to contest the Election of President must be citizens of India and should be at least 35 years old according to Article 58 of the Constitution of India. The candidates must be a Member of the Lok Sabha. The Presidential Candidates will be disqualified if he/ she holds an office of profit under the Government of India or the State Government.
Tenure of the President of India
The President of India is elected for a 5-year tenure. They are responsible to head the country for 5 years and then they have to step down from their post and responsibilities. While they are President of India, they reside in Rashtrapati Bhawan. Once their tenure is complete they have to move out of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. After retirement, The Ex-Presidents of India receive pensions and some other benefits like rent-free housing and so on.
List of All Presidents of India
Here is the list of all the Presidents of India since independence. Check out the name of the Presidents and their tenure for further information. Dr Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India. The Current President of India is Draupadi Murmu.
|List of Presidents of India|
|Dr Rajendra Prasad||26th Jan 1950- 13th May 1962|
|Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan||13th May 1962- 13th May 1967|
|Dr Zakir Hussain||13th May 1967- 3rd May 1969|
|V.V.Giri||24th Aug 1969- 24th Aug 1974|
|Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad||24th Aug 1974- 11th Feb 1977|
|Neelam Sanjiva Reddy||25th July 1977- 25th July 1982|
|Giani zail Singh||25th July 1982- 25 July 1987|
|R.Venkataraman||25th July 1987- 25th July 1992|
|Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma||25th July 1992- 25th July 1997|
|K.R. Narayanan||25th July 1997- 25th July 2002|
|Dr A P.J. Abdul Kalam||25th July 2002- 25th July 2007|
|Pratibha Devisingh Patil||25th July 2007- 25th July 2012|
|Pranab Mukherjee||25th July 2012- 25th July 2017|
|Ramnath Kovind||25th July 2017- 25th July 2022|
|Draupadi Murmu||She had taken oath on 25th July as the 15th President of India.|
Draupadi Murmu won the presidential election on the 21st of July 2022 and she took the oath on the 25th of July 2022 in front of Cheif Justice of India. She is the first-ever tribal woman as its President in India. Before the President, she served as governor of Jharkhand. Draupadi Murmu 71.79 per cent votes in Presidential election 2022. She would be the 15th president of India.
Facts About Presidents of India
Here are some of the interesting facts about the Presidents of India.
- The longest-serving President of India is Dr Rajender Prasad also being the First President of India. He was the President for two terms from 1952 to 1962.
- Pratibha Patil was the first Women President of India.
- Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the youngest President of India. He was also the first Chief of Andhra Pradesh.
- Zakir Hussain was the shortest-serving President of India from 13th May 1967 – 3rd May 1969 and he passed away in an office.
- Ramaswamy Venkataraman was a recipient of ‘Tamra Patra’ for his struggle and contribution to the Freedom Movement of India.
- Draupadi Murmu is the Second Female President of India and the First Tribal- Female President of India.
List of Presidents of India: FAQs
Q: Who was the first President of India?
A: Dr Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India.
Q: Which President of India is also known as the Missile Man of India?
A: Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam was also known as the Missile Man of India for his immense contribution to the Missile Technology and Nuclear Weapon Program in India.
Q: Who conducts the Presidential Election in India?
A: The Election Commission of India conducts the Presidential Election of India.
Q: Who is the shortest-serving President of India?
A: Zakir Hussian was the shortest-serving President of India.